Sell Your House Faster for Best Price

You can help sell your home faster for the best price with a little extra effort on your part. These 20 tips have proved invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention.

First impressions are lasting.
The front door greets the Prospect so make sure it is clean and scrubbed-looking. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged and the yard free of refuse. Be sure snow and ice are removed from walks and steps.
Decorate for a quick sale.
Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. A new touch of paint will often result in a quick, profitable sale.
Let the sunshine in.
Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be.
Fix the faucet!
Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
Repairs can make a big difference.
Loose door knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed. (When prospects see things that need attention, they begin to worry about things they can't see.)
Show from top to bottom.
Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles. Brighten dark, dull basements by painting walls.
Safety first.
Keep stairways clear. Avoid a cluttered appearance and possible injuries.
Make closets look bigger.
Neat, well-ordered closets show that the space is ample.
Bathrooms help sell houses.
Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle.
Arrange bedrooms neatly.
Remove excess furniture and use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.
Can you see the light?
Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a glowing warmth when you turn on a your lights for an evening inspection.
Three's a crowd.
Avoid having too many people present during inspections. The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house.
Music is Mellow.
But not when showing a house.Turn off the blaring radio or television. Let the salesperson and buyer talk, free of disturbances.
Pets underfoot?
Keep them out of the way- Preferably out of the house.
Silence is golden.
Be courteous but don't force conversation with the potential buyer. He wants to inspect your house-not pay a social call.
Be it ever so humble.
Never apologize for the appearance of your house. After all, it has been lived in. Let the trained salesperson answer any objections - this is his job.
Stay in the background.
The salesperson knows the buyer's requirements and can better emphasize the features of your house when you don't tag along. You will be called if needed.
Why put the cart before the horse?
Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to the potential buyer before he has purchased the house often loses a sale.
A word to the wise.
Let your realtor discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer. He is eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
Use your realtor.
Show your house to prospective customers only by appointment through your realtor's office. Your cooperation will be appreciated and will help close the sale more quickly.